Thor, the god of thunder, was the son of Odin and Jord, she is the personification of the primitive, unpopulated, and uncultivated Earth. She is one of the wives of the chief god Odin, the highland goddess. He was the husband to Sif, gold-haired goddess of crops and fertility, or the giantess Jarnsaxa. Same as his father, he enjoyed his frequent visits to the earthly world. He was on friendly terms with mortals,an enemy to the giants, although he himself was a giant in every respect. He featured a superhuman strength, and an appetite of that same kind. His red beard, symbol of lightning, blazed in the wind while he drove into battles in his carriage pulled by goats. When he was angry he murmured into his beard, and it was horrible to hear that sound and to see his eyes. Thor's permanent escort are Loki, evil god, Thialfi,Son of Egil, brother of Roskva. He became Thor's servant during Thor's Journey to Utgard. he was a peasant known for his quickness, and his sister Roskva,she was given to Thor as a servant after her brother ignored Thor's warning to not split the bones of the goats he had slain to provide a meal.
Thor lived in Bilskinir castle, the palace featuring five hundred and forty rooms. His magic weapons are his hammer, Mjollnir, that, boomerang-like, always flew back into his hands; his ax, his iron gloves, and his belt that give him strength. Mjollnir was Crafted by Brokk and Sindri it is a symbol of Thor's strength and of the thunderbolt he personified. The gods considered Mjollnir to be their greatest treasure because it alone could be used to defend Asgard against the giants. When hurled by Thor the hammer will always strike its mark and instantly return to his hand. Mjollnir was not only a weapon, but is also a symbol of fertility. During wedding ceremonies the hammer is always placed in the lap of the bride.
In addition to being the lord of thunder, he also was the god of fertile i.e. fruitful marriage, home hearth, and fire. His day, Thursday, was a lucky day for getting married, and peasants celebrated it. This corresponds with the beliefs and ritual practices through the breadth and width of Europe. Similar beliefs can also be found in the Balkan Peninsula.
While other members of Aesir drove in their carriages when going to their gatherings, Thor went on foot, so he was capable of crossing the Sky in three steps. In hand-to-hand combat Thor killed the giant Hrungnir, whose head end heart were made of stone. When Hrungnir died he fell onto Thor; despite their strength, none of gods were able to move him, and that was finally done by Magni, Thor’s three-year-old son, who set his father free.
Thor's hammer served the gods as their defense against the ice giants. Thor died of Tjasse’s hand; Tjasse threw his eyes into the Sky, and they stayed there as bright stars.
In war and peace, on land and at sea, Thor was worshipped as the god that helps and brings good luck, and that was why they carved his image in house walls, ship hulls, house doors, chairs. Thor was the god protecting harsh peasants; the way Odin was the god patronizing brave warriors and noble families. It can be supposed that Thor was one of the supreme gods in the older version of the Nordic religion, that his origins are rooted as back as in the old farmers cults from the Bronze Age. Even in the preserved, more modern, Nordic mythology Thor is only subdued to Odin, while he used to be worshipped in Iceland and in the whole North more then any other god.
The Norse believed that during a thunderstorm, Thor rode through the heavens on his chariot pulled by the goats Tanngrisni ("gap-tooth") and Tanngnost ("tooth grinder"). Lightning flashed whenever he threw his hammer Mjollnir. Thor wears the belt Megingjard which doubles his already considerable strength. His hall is Bilskirnir, which is located in the region Thrudheim ("place of might"). His greatest enemy is Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent. At the day of Ragnarok, Thor will kill this serpent but will die from its poison. His sons will inherit his hammer after his death.
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